Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020. 11:41 am CST.
By BBN Staff: While the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected every sector in Belize’s economy, some sectors have felt the pinch more than others.
Apart from tourism, which has been the hardest hit, the entertainment sector has also suffered considerably from the resulting lockdown measures, with gatherings banned entirely or severely limited. With nightclubs closed and events being cancelled, Belizean disc jockeys (DJ’s) have found themselves in a situation where there is no demand for their services.
But some DJ’s from Cayo have decided to use the constraints brought on by COVID-19 as an opportunity to pull together, support each other, hone their skills and have some fun.
The Sunday Vibes DJ Linkup is an ongoing initiative that gathers seasoned DJ’s, up-and-coming DJ’s and others in between from around the Cayo district, to meet weekly and do what they love while streaming live. The initiative started with David DJ Biggs Galvez. DJ Mesmerize, DJ Blue, DJ Mastaking, DJ Bitta, DJ Mayan, DJ Iconic, Belizean Jugglaz getting together on a Sunday with a few others and playing music.
The stream offers a wide range of musical selections and puts to the forefront the unique mixing skills of each DJ that plays. It also features friendly competition among the DJ’s where the audience can interact with the page and vote for their favorite to determine the winner.
Eventually they started streaming live on the internet and the number of views began to skyrocket. The founders would later expand the network adding names such as DJ Royal, DJ Jessie Castillo, DJ Dickies, DJ Lexus and several others to the line up. The Sunday Vibes DJ link up also brought Belize the inspiring story of Dj Jaylen, who, despite being in a wheelchair, has carved out a name for himself as a rising star in the field.
Breaking Belize News spoke with DJ Mistah Geeh who joined the initiative to offer his support given his extensive experience in the business. He explained that the initiative expanded to include several other players within the creative sector such as graphic designers, videographers, and video editors, who have all signed on to offer their talents to support the positive movement. He noted that the group recently held an event at the Midas Resort, where they were allowed to charge an entrance fee to raise funds to further support the network.
“The initiative behind it is to uplift, support, encourage, and showcase the talent of all Cayo disc jockeys,” Mistah Gee said. “We decided that with that money we would put it together and open a bank account so we can assist young DJ’s in buying laptops or even putting something together and giving young DJ’s a little stipend because as you know many Dj’s don’t have any work right now.”
The group is working on its next support initiative, a barbecue sale in Esperanza Village located just outside of San Ignacio, planned for August 29. Those that wish to support the initiative can WhatsApp or call 615 9938 to make an order.
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